1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
4-5 evenings a week full-time or 2-3 evenings a week part-time
Specialist knowledge of finance is increasingly valued in commercial firms and government. Students on the Birkbeck MSc Finance obtain excellent specialist training in financial economics, including basic portfolio theory, corporate finance, and pricing theory applied to derivatives and government bond markets. You will also learn the latest econometrics and numerical analysis skills, which are important in the marketplace.
The programme is demanding and challenging; applicants should have strong intellectual ability and be willing to work hard.
The MSc Finance programmes at Birkbeck is built around our long-running experience in cutting-edge, research-led, evening teaching.
If you have any prior knowledge in finance, economics or a related field then this programme is also available with advanced pathways in accounting, banking and commodities.
If you are unsure which finance programme is right for you, then read an overview of each programme.
- This programme combines a high level of academic rigour with a solid grounding in practical problem-solving skills.
- Many of our students work in the finance industry, which generates a lively atmosphere in class and ensures that you’ll be studying alongside committed, enthusiastic students with a wealth of experience.
- Our teaching is informed by the latest research and by the needs of employers, so you’ll be taught by academics who are professional practitioners involved in the world of economics and international finance.
- Our teaching is renowned for its high quality and we provide in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks, including the Treasury and the Bank of England.
- The Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics brings together research and teaching across economics and finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies.
- Part of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than half of our research outputs in Economics were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
- Watch our video of Professor Ron Smith talking about studying in the Department.
- Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
You take eight compulsory modules, including a dissertation.
The compulsory modules cover essential topics to help you pursue a successful career in any area of finance, while the dissertation allows you to pursue an empirical or theoretical study on a topic of your choice under the supervision of an academic within the department.
Full-time compulsory modules
Part-time compulsory modules Year 1
Part-time compulsory modules Year 2
For entry on to the MSc Finance, the entry criteria are usually a second-class honours degree or above, or equivalent qualifications. Students with a third-class degree may sometimes be admitted if there is clear evidence of under-performance, relative to potential, in the first degree.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Full-time home/EU students: £ 11950 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 17500 pa
Lecturing is the primary means of delivery, but an important aspect of the programme is problem-solving, so many lectures are augmented by supporting classes to discuss solutions to problems that have been set. Another important aspect of the course is private study, including the production of independent project work.
Usually around 80% of the assessment is unseen examinations, typically held in June. The other 20% of your assessment is via coursework to ensure that, throughout the year, you get practice, and are given feedback, in tackling and solving problems independently, without the time pressure of examinations.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue a career in banking and finance, the public sector, industry, and research and analysis. Possible professions include financial risk analyst, economist, or purchasing manager. This degree can also be useful in becoming a management consultant or actuary.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.